Big crowd expected for Joondalup Wolves
ONE of the biggest regular season crowds the Joondalup Wolves have ever seen is expected when they face the Willetton Tigers at the opening of their new home at HBF Arena on Saturday.
The State Basketball League returns this weekend, with the Wolves looking for a big start in their quest for the title after back-to-back grand final losses.
And it doesn’t come much bigger than standing centre stage as your club launches a total overhaul of the gamenight experience in front of a forecast 1000-plus fans.
With tickets only available at the door, Wolves chief executive Cameron Britt has one message – get there early.
“For two metro clubs, that’s as big as it gets crowd-wise,” he said.
“So we’re planning and preparing with Venueswest staff… to deliver a premium fan experience.”
The new stadium can seat 700 people, with multiple standing zones including the bar and club balcony “comfortably” stretching that number to 800.
The Wolves will also unveil their 2018 imports Jalen Billups and Brian Sullivan on Saturday.
The club has had a tough time finding the right mix of imports in recent seasons, leading to multiple mid-season line-up changes.
But Britt was confident they had found a pair that would remain with the side from start to finish. Billups arrives after a standout season as a power player with the Cockburn Cougars, while Sullivan’s resume at Davidson College includes sitting second behind NBA star Stephen Curry in career made threepointers.
The team had originally poached scoring machine Dwayne Benjamin from the Geraldton Bucaneers but visa complications prevented the plan coming to fruition.
Up to 800 fans are expected to watch the Wolves battle the Tigers on Saturday.